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District 2 Update – November 2019

As the cooler weather continues, we have many wonderful opportunities to participate in local outdoor events! From celebrating Veterans Day to holiday shopping, I hope to see you out and about enjoying our beautiful city.

Surprise SciTech Festival will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. until noon in the courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This event explores the wonders of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs with educational demonstrations, science experiments and more. This is a free community event.

The Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication will be held on Monday, November 11 at 8 a.m. outside the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find help and healing.

Following the dedication, the annual Veterans Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. The parade travels along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals continue this month on Sunday, November 17 at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be live music, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

The Surprise Arts Festival returns to the city just in time for holiday shopping. This festival will bring selected fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths, art demonstrations and live entertainment to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Artisan Treasures Holiday Affair will take place at the height of the holiday shopping. The craft show is scheduled for November 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Surprise Stadium, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be a selection of fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths and much more. Parking and admission are free.

Please note that all city offices will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day, as well as November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – October 2019

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Major League Baseball has released the 2020 Spring Training schedule. The first home game of the season will be held on February 22 with the Texas Rangers hosting the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets will be available for online purchase beginning November 16, with our Surprise Stadium Box Office beginning sales on January 4. Details are available at surprisestadium.com.

Ottawa University Football has started! Come out to Spirit Field on Saturday nights to enjoy the hometown feel of college football. For a full list of home games, as well as times and opponents, please visit https://ouazspirit.com/schedule.aspx?path=football.

The Veteran, Disability & Human Service Commission will be sponsoring the first Surprise Care & Share Expo on Saturday, October 5 at City Hall from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The expo is a free community event which will create connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran and health resources.

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 in the Original Town Site. This hispanic orientated street festival will provide hours of music, dancing, food, car shows and much more. Admission and parking are free. There will also be a free shuttle that will take residents from Villanueva Rec Complex to their cars should you not find close parking. The event will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Villanueva Rec Complex, located at 15660 N. Hollyhock Street. More info is available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Sundays in the Park are back! This month, the event will be held on October 20. Come to Mark Coronado Park with your blanket or chair and enjoy live music, food trucks, dancing and more. This free familiy event runs from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Please remember all dogs must be on leashes.

Join Surprise as we explore the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs at the city’s SciTech Festival. This is a free community event that will feature robotics clubs, science experiments, educational demonstrations and more. The SciTech Festival will be held on November 2 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Drive.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Report performed in partnership with Maricopa County is a one-night snapshot of homelessness. The most current PIT was completed in January 2019 which reported a total of 6,614 homeless people in Maricopa County. The number of families decreased; however, the number of veterans increased. If you know anyone who could use assistance, please refer them to our Human Services and Communtiy Viatlity Department, 623-222-1500, as we offer several resources to fit different circumstances.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

I would also like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – September 2019

The first day of fall is September 23 and although temperatures may not agree, summer is nearing its end. When we think of fall, we begin to imagine pumpkin spice and earlier sunsets. September is the beginning of these feelings but let’s not forget that the month starts off with Labor Day.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September and is celebrated to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the American worker. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 New York City workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This would become known as the first Labor Day Parade and the first working man’s holiday. It took over 12 years for Congress to pass an act to make the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Colombia and its territories. Today, Labor Day is celebrated across the United States with parades, barbeques, fireworks, and other public gatherings to honor the working men and women.

Surprise City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in honor of Labor Day.  Offices will resume normal business hours the following day.

Patriot Day is observed on September 11 to remember and pay tribute to the thousands of people killed and the numerous injured during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. At the direction of the President, the United States flag will be flown at half-staff to show respect to those who lost their lives.  Many people also observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., as this marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.  Although this is not a federal holiday, I hope you take a few moments of your day to honor and remember.  We will never forget.

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements.

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY20.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3406 for more information as well as the online application.

City Events

On September 14, the City, in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Landfill, is hosting a residential clean up event from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Residents are able to dispose of a single load of residential waste that weighs no more than 2,000 pounds for free. Proof of residency is required so please don’t forget your driver’s license and utility bill. The Northwest Regional Landfill is located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.

New Businesses

EOS Fitness is under construction at the northwest corner of Bell Road and the Loop 303. The 54,000 square foot facility will feature a pool, group fitness classes, sauna, cycling studio and much more!

The Texas Rangers are in the process of developing and building their new housing facility. This development will house players and team staff year round. The scheduled completion is this winter, just in time for Spring Training 2020.

Friendly Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions classroom (18265 Traditions Loop Rd.). Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – August 2019

Each year, a variety of weather related dangers affect the American Southwest. The time period from June 15 through September 30 is known as Monsoon season. A period of extreme heat is typically experienced which is followed by an increase of moisture that leads to daily thunderstorms. The heat is deadly on its own, causing more deaths than any other weather hazard in the region. In addition, thunderstorms produce a variety of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force. Lightning, high winds, dust storms and flash flooding are just a few of the typical monsoon hazards everyone must be mindful of.

Dust storms are an underrated killer in Arizona. Within seconds, visibility can completely disappear. If you get caught in a dust storm, please pull off the road as far as you can. Ensure all of your lights are off and put your vehicle into park. Apply the parking brake and remove your foot from the brake pedal. Other motorists tend to follow taillights in an attempt to make their way through the storm. For more information please visit pullasidestayalive.com.

Flash flooding is the number one thunderstorm-related killer. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising waters, please exit the vehicle and move to higher ground. Moving water, only 1-2 feet deep, will carry away most vehicles. Do not drive around barriers as they are placed for your protection. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.

The best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. Ensure you are checking current weather forecast updates and staying inside when inclement weather is near. Supply kits are a great way to protect yourself in severe weather conditions. It is recommended that a household should have three gallons of water for each person and pet in the house; also a stock of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration. Portable and battery operated radios, flashlights and extra batteries should be readily available as well. Stay inside and avoid driving when at all possible.

For additional Monsoon safety tips and sandbag locations to help with flood protection, please visit surpriseaz.gov/monsoon.

City Events

The City of Surprise is hosting Free Chest Compression only CPR Classes on Wednesday, August 6 and Friday, August 8 from 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. at the Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Ste 101. Registration is required in advance, so please call 623-222-5000 to enroll.

Arts HQ, located at 16126 N. Civic Center Drive, is showing an Arizona Broadway Theatre performance of Sister Act on Thursday, August 7 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The cost is $11.95, and you must make a reservation. Please call 623-584-2626 or visit online at westvalleyarts.org.

WHAM, located at 16560 N. Dysart Road, is hosting a Poetry Slam on August 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a free event that is open to the public. No registration is required, and everyone is welcome to participate or listen. For more information, please call 623-334-5271.

Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – July 2019

The city is having a quiet month as council is on recess and the summer is in full swing. During the summer months it is clear to see why this area is known as the Valley of the Sun. The sun wakes us up in the morning and puts us to bed at night. We have intense heat from the summer sun that radiates down to bring even our sidewalks to extreme temperatures! The sun damages and fades a multitude of objects and our skin is no exception.

I’m sure you all know the hazards of UV rays, but as a friendly reminder, sun safety is important. One simple measure to reduce the risk of over exposure to the sun is limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wearing clothing to cover the skin as well as hats and sunglasses is another effective way of protection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clothing made from tightly woven fabric offers the best protection. Dry and dark clothing also offers more protection than wet or light colored clothing. A typical T-shirt has an SPF rating of lower than 15, so please use other types of sun protection as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays. They also suggest to use sunscreen daily and reapply every two hours of being in the sun.

The summer also brings many heat-related illnesses to our area. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes are just a few. These are caused by a body’s inability to cool down properly. The body normally cools by sweating, but sometimes sweating isn’t enough. These illnesses are preventable if you stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest days, wear light and loose fitting clothing, drink water as often as possible, avoid unnecessary hard work outside, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.

Avoid walking around barefoot and also be careful when touching door handles and other metal objects as they heat up very quickly. This summer, while you are enjoying outdoor activities, I urge you to take proper sun safety precautions and always have water close by.

4th of July

The City of Surprise will be hosting its 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N Bullard Ave, as the Surprise Stadium will be undergoing renovations. This is a free event that will feature live music, food trucks, games, contests and more. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:40 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate Independence Day with the city.

Friendly Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – June 2019

Pets traveling with their owners to run daily errands have become the normal routine for many residents. Dogs typically love car rides and are absolutely adorable hanging their heads out of the window for the feel of fresh air on their faces. However, if you cannot bring your fur baby into the store or restaurant with you, please leave them at home during the summer! Heading into the grocery store for a quick item or running into the pharmacy might not take a significant amount of time; however, the intense summer temperatures make a vehicle an extremely dangerous place.

On a regular 100-degree day, it takes less than one hour for a dashboard to heat up to 157 degrees, a steering wheel to reach 127 degrees or the seats climb to 123 degrees. A few minutes is all it takes for a pet or child to die of heat stroke. According to the National Safety Council (NFC) a reported 52 child deaths occurred by being left in a hot car in 2018.

Unfortunately, in many of hot car deaths, the driver simply forgot there was a passenger in the backseat. One tip that has been shared is to place a significant item in the front seat of the car to remind you of precious cargo in the back.

There is a Good Samaritan Law in Arizona that protects any individual who enters an unattended motor vehicle to remove a child or domestic animal from civil liability if a good faith belief exists that the child or pet is in imminent danger, injury or death. The law also requires the person to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel before entering the vehicle and to stay with the child or pet until authorities arrive.

Asphalt becomes just as dangerous for our pets. Being too close to the heat radiating off the ground can cause a dog’s body to heat up very quickly causing heat stroke as well as burning or damaging their paws. Pets should be walked early in the morning to avoid the direct sun.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an abundance of helpful tips on pets and the summer heat. It is just as important to watch your pets around pools. Not all dogs are good swimmers and, just as with children, pools can be very dangerous.

Friendly Reminder

Concerns regarding the driving in Sun City Grand have recently been brought to my attention. Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

As always, I invite you to join me at one of my monthly meetings. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – May 2019

Welcome to May! Summer will officially begin next month; however, we are already feeling the heat. During the summer months, water conservation is extremely important. Residents fear that we are running out of water when, in fact, the Southwest region of the United States has been in a drought for over 15 years.

While Arizona has managed the use of its water exceptionally well, one of the state’s water sources, the Colorado River, continues to produce less water. Whether or not these reduced levels are a snapshot in time or the new normal, the water from the Colorado has to be managed and preserved.

In late January, the State of Arizona approved the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). The DCP is a set of agreements designed to protect the Colorado River system through voluntary reductions and increased conservation. While DCP is not a permanent solution, when combined with Arizona’s innovative water management programs, conservation and collaborative long-term planning, Arizona will continue to enjoy reliable water supplies.

Water conservation is a priority of Epcor, as they are the largest private water utility in Arizona. Epcor carefully monitors and makes necessary repairs to their systems to ensure water is not wasted. Proper water management will help conserve water and save money. Epcor has recently signed an agreement with the Maricopa Water District that will add up to 5.87 billion gallons of renewable water supplies to their portfolio. This will strengthen the supply of surface and groundwater that can be offered to customers.

The City of Surprise is also dedicated to teaching water conservation to ensure residents have proper education on ways to use water wisely.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/134/Water-Conservation for an array of water saving ideas, water saving plants, landscape watering guidelines and much more.

Friendly Reminders:

Recently, many concerns have been brought to my attention in regards to the driving in Sun City Grand. Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

City Hall will be CLOSED on May 27 in Observance of Memorial Day.

As always, I invite you to join me at one of my monthly meetings. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – March 2019

It’s March here in Surprise and you know what that means – Spring Training is here! City Council is excited to welcome back the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals as they kick off their season, and what better place to do so than at the number one Cactus League facility?

The 2019 Spring Training season runs through March 24, and tickets range anywhere from $8 to $45, depending on what section you choose. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until the end of the season. Alternatively, tickets may be purchased on www.SurpriseStadium.com or by phone at 623-222-2222.

Surprise Fire Medical Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane, will be holding an open house on March 2 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Please come out and meet the firefighters and enjoy the tour and treats. For more information, please call 623-222-5000.

Start your morning off right by having Coffee with a Cop. This is an opportunity for residents to meet staff from Surprise Police Department in a neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 19116 N Colonnade Way.

On March 27, the Arizona Broadway Theatre performs Mama Mia at the West Valley Arts HQ, the show time is 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.95 which can be reserved by calling 623-584-2626.

Mayor Skip Hall will be hosting the annual State of the City address with a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the opening of our current City Hall. The event takes place Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Following a video presentation, please join us in the outside courtyard of City Hall from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for food, entertainment, games, a showcase of the city’s programs and services, and more! I look forward to seeing you there. City Hall is located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza.

Finally, I invite you to join me at my monthly meetings to discuss what’s important to you in Surprise. I hold two meetings each month – the second Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom (17221 N. Citrus Rd. – please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival), and the fourth Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.). Stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – February 2019

As warmer weather approaches, we now have the opportunity to step outside and enjoy the beauty that Surprise has to offer. However, no spring season would be complete without taking in a Spring Training game! We are fortunate to live in a city that has a top-tier Spring Training facility. Just last year, USA Today ranked Surprise Stadium as the number one Cactus League facility in all of Arizona, citing the food offerings, family friendliness, and fan experience as top-ranking factors. The park also topped the list for all 23 Arizona and Florida facilities combined in the categories of facility and fan experience! If you have the opportunity, come see for yourself why we are number one!

Spring Training this year runs February 23rd through March 24th, and tickets range anywhere from $8 to $45, depending on what section you choose to view the game from. The box office will be open for the following hours:

  • January 7th – February 9th
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • February 10th – March 24th
    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*On game days, the box office will stay open until a half hour after the game ends.

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased on SurpriseStadium.com or over the phone by calling (623) 222-2222.

Besides Spring Training, the City offers a number of wonderful events for the whole family to enjoy. Here is a sampling:

Fire Station Open House

February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl. February 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl., and Fire Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Sunday in the Park – February 10th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Jeff Gordon and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free! Get more info at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Lunchtime Theater – West Valley Symphony Jam Session – February 21st, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Arts HQ

Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg’s Jazz Quartet from the West Valley Symphony plays old and new favorites!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Sunset Theater – Los Tres Tenores – February 23rd, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at NW Regional Library

An exciting program featuring Italian Neapolitan favorites, Mariachi greats, Broadway ballads, and more!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Lunch & Learn: Social Media for Small Business – February 28th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator

Is your business on social media? While some businesses dabble in one or two channels, most are not doing it very effectively nor targeting the right audience. Understanding the right media is key to a successful social media campaign. Join us for an information session covering some of the top social media channels, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize them effectively to attract and retain clients.

For reservations call (623) 222-3322.

Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

As always, I invite you to join me at my monthly meetings. I have changed the time and location of the meetings I hold on the Second Wednesday of each month. They will now be held 3-4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. My fourth Tuesday meetings will continue to be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.). Stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – January 2019

As many of you are probably aware, 2018 brought about many changes to the City of Surprise, including new leadership in our Mayor, Skip Hall, and our City Manager, Michael Frazier. Both have been with the city for a number of years and have helped pave the way for many of the changes we will be seeing over the course of 2019. While 2018 was a busy year, the new year shows no signs of losing any momentum, with plans for substantial progress on the GO Bond projects, completion of the Student Housing facility and O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University, a grand opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel near the Surprise Stadium, establishment of the new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission, and commencement of the revitalization project for the Original Town Site (OTS), which will include beautiful new housing for some of our most vulnerable population. A new year brings new opportunities, and I could not be more excited to help make them a possibility.

In the meantime, I hope you take the opportunity to check out some of the great events the city has planned for January:

Fire Station Open House

January 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
January 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd., and Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Sunday in the Park – January 6th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Blaine Long & Rosas Del Rey and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free!

AZ Humanities – The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa – January 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers

Speaker: Jan Cleere
Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust and dirt of the rodeo became Louise’s lifeblood for almost 50 years. This PowerPoint program demonstrates the courage and resolute of a woman determined to decide her own fate while ascending to the highest pinnacles of rodeo photography.

Lunchtime Theater – Phoenix Opera: Till There Was You – January 17th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Arts HQ

Hear two young “Stars“ Marcus Smith and Anna-Lisa Hackett in some of your favorite songs and duets from the world of Broadway, Opera, and Operetta!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Lunch & Learn: Marketing Trends for 2019 – January 24th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator

Join us for an information packed seminar on what marketing trends are projected to rule in 2019! From content marketing to AI, we’ve got a lot to talk about.

Public Art Bus Tour – January 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Departing from City Hall

Join the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission as they tour local artist Joe Tyler’s home and studio! Please bring a sack lunch and be prepared to walk through rugged terrain. The bus ride and admission are free.

Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year full of health, happiness, and many new adventures!